Thursday, June 29, 2017

Crocheted Water Balloons

Yes, you read that right. Crocheted water balloons. They are eco-friendly because you don't have little bits of busted balloons to pick up AND they are washable. These are made with blanket yarn and they are soft and squishy. How do you use them? You soak them in water and once they are wet you let the kids have a ball throwing them at each other. I'm taking this bunch to my grands today, hopefully I'll get some pictures and video of them having fun with them.

I'll continue this after the water balloon battle....

Well, the water balloons were a hit! The grands had a blast and the neighbors kids joined in as well. I'll have to make them some more so they have loads to toss at each other. Here's a couple photos of my 2 youngest grands having a battle.

That's my youngest grandson, he's 4 & 1/2 years old. He's getting ready to sling one at his sister, who's 8. Notice her stance, she's ready to run LOL.

Here's one more photo.

Now here's a link to a video showing the fun. I'll definitely have to make more of these for the kids.

Until next time! Happy hooking.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ripple Afghan is Done!

I finally finished my first ever ripple afghan last night. It measures approximately 42 inches wide by 58 inches long. It's the perfect size for snuggling up on the couch or easy chair.
This morning, I took photos of it and cropped & re-sized them in Paint Shop Pro. Here it is.

Another view.

Another photo of it.

One last photo of it.

I really love how it turned out and will definitely be making more ripple afghans in the future. Maybe the next one I'll do with one of those self-striping yarns.
Now that I'm done with the ripple afghan I'll have to find another project to work on.
Until next time, happy hooking!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Secret Project Revealed

On an earlier post I mentioned that I was working on a secret crochet project. I was testing a new pattern for an awesome designer, Meredith of Mostly 
Stitchin'. The pattern that I was testing is her new lion pattern, which can be found here in her Etsy shop, or here on Ravelry. My lion is no way as cute as hers is, but I'm pleased with how he turned out. Here's a few photos of him.

I used different colors of yarn than Meredith did so mine is a little darker in the face, mane, feet and tail.

I also combed out his mane and tail and it made him look a little wild.

This is the first time I've worked with Meredith on a project and I hope to work again with her in the future. Don't forget to check out her links to her shop on Etsy and Ravelry while you're there. She has some adorable patterns!

I'm on the last row of my ripple afghan, then I'll have a mess of ends to weave in and a border to put on it. I hope to have it finished by next weekend. More on that later.

Until next time! Happy hooking!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Dog Collar for Marty

I've been looking at my dog Marty's collar for awhile now. I never liked it much, I only bought it because it was red and thought it would look good on him. He's had it awhile now. I didn't want to buy him another one because I can never find one that I like, so I thought that I'd just make him a new collar. I picked up the supplies that I needed on my last Walmart excursion and today I thought I'd just whip it up for him. Of course I used cotton yarn so that it would be nice and soft around his neck. I took off his old collar and used it for a guide for the length. I also cut off the D-ring with his little bone tag on it so that I could incorporate it into the new collar. I crocheted the collar in half double crochet stitches and I think it turned out pretty good. Here are a couple photos of it.

Of course, Marty is extremely camera shy and with nobody else handy to bribe him with a treat it was near impossible to get a decent photo of him wearing his new collar. He just won't sit still for photos, he tries to run away. After about 30 pictures, I kid you not, I managed to get these 2 halfway decent ones.

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to test an amigurumi pattern for a great designer. I can't say anything more about it or show you the finished item until she publishes it, so more on that in the near future.

After finishing that project I started back on my ripple afghan. It's getting longer, I'm about halfway done with it now. I'll update on that later. I best get back to working on it. I've been watching OITNB new season & crocheting.

Until next time! Happy hooking!

Monday, June 5, 2017

New Clay Hooks

After covering a few of my aluminum hooks, some with success, some not, I decided to do more of them. I love the way they feel in my hand and I can crochet for hours with one of them without pain. I had to go to Walmart yesterday to pick up more yarn for my ripple afghan and decided to look around and see if they had any polymer clay. I was surprised that they did, they seem to have really cut down on stock of craft supplies since they re-set the store. I hate what they did to the yarn section, so much less than what they previously had. The nearest craft store is a 50 mile drive from here, but if Walmart continues to cut back on yarn I guess I'll have to make the trip. Anyway, I found all of the yarn that I needed, except for the Monet, which is the variegated one in the afghan. I'm hoping that I have enough left to finish it.
Yesterday afternoon I covered 4 more of my hooks with polymer clay. Here's what they look like.

That one on the bottom is a 2.5 mm. I think the smallest I've ever crocheted with is a 3.5 but I wanted to have a couple smaller covered in clay, just in case. I now have an almost complete set, ranging from 2.5 mm to 6.5 mm in half mm increments. I'm just missing the 6 mm, which I'll have to find and cover with clay. Here's a view of the ones I've done so far.

Well I better get busy, today is a rainy day and a good one for crocheting.
Until next time, happy hooking!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

New Phone New Dishcloths & Afghan Update

I ordered a new phone through Xfinity's new mobile service. It came in the mail the other day and I absolutely love it! I got the Samsung Galaxy S8+. It's camera is SO much better than the camera on the junker phone I had from another provider. Just look at this closeup of one of my plants that I snapped about 5 in. away.

Amazing isn't it? Anyway, my shop photos will improve thanks to my new phone.

I listed these cotton dishcloths yesterday.

I love using these in my kitchen & my daughter does too. They have great scrubbing power and are very absorbent. This set is ready to go but I can make them in a variety of colors. Click through to check them out.

I've been working on my ripple afghan off and on. Here's a picture of the progress as of this morning.

I'm going to play yarn chicken this morning, my yellow yarn is about to run out. Or maybe I should just run to the store and get more before I start on this next row.....

Until next time, happy hooking!

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